John Grew Fund at the Schulich School of Music

Ever since John Grew arrived at McGill in 1971, he has been a beloved member of the community. He is a leading figure among Canadian organists, and is currently Professor Emeritus at the Schulich School of Music. During his time at McGill, Grew helped transform the Early Music program into the largest of its kind in Canada, trained many of Canada’s leading organists and harpsichordists, and served as Dean from 1991 to 1996. He is also Founder and Artistic Director of both the McGill Summer Organ Academy and the Canadian International Organ Competition. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from McGill University in recognition of his outstanding achievements. The Royal Canadian College of Organists made him an Honourary Fellow in 2011, and he was named to the Order of Canada in 2015.

In honour of the many lasting contributions Professor Grew has made to McGill, a fund has recently been established by his friends and colleagues. This fund will provide financial support for organ and harpsichord students at the Schulich School of Music.


If you would like to contribute to this initiative by making a pledge or if you live outside of Canada, please contact Kelly Rice, Director of University Advancement at the Schulich School of Music, directly at: 1-514-398-8153 or kelly.rice [at]

Meet the Project Team: 
Kelly Rice
  • BMus'84 and MA'92
  • Director, University Advancement Schulich School of Music

John has been a mentor for me throughout my professional life, from my first position as Music Director at Queen Mary Road United Church, all through my career as a producer and host at CBC Radio, and as Director of Advancement at the Schulich School of Music.  Thanks for being there John!

Heather Clark
  • BMus’80

  • Director, Development & Capital Campaigns, Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto

It is a testament to the lifetime dedication of John as a teacher that his students make a continual effort to be in touch with their former McGill professor.  Some of us were pointed onto career paths that we didn’t know existed. I am one of those students and I will always be grateful for John’s sage advice to me as a music student.    

Hans-Ola Ericsson
  • Professor and Area Chair, Organ & Church Music, Schulich School of Music
  • Click on the PDF icon to read Hans-Ola Ericsson’s homage to John Grew: PDF icon mesostic_for_john.pdf


Erin Thrall
  • BMus’91
  • Singer and Concert Producer, Calgary, Alberta

John Grew’s encouragement of music-making has influenced people in ways he would not know.  His generosity of spirit benefits me to this day and I am honoured to endorse this campaign.